Working together can deliver decent Brexit deal
THIS week marked the end of the summer recess, and I am back at the House of Commons for the start of the autumn sitting.
I have really enjoyed spending a couple of months ‘ on the ground’ in Solihull.
The lull in Parliamentary business during recess is a great opportunity to meet residents and work directly on local concerns – and gives me a chance to spend some quality time at home with my wife. But we have very important work to be getting on with at Westminster: Brexit is now less than two years away, and this autumn MPs will be debating the EU Withdrawal Bill – a vital piece of legislation which will give us the legal basis for a smooth, orderly exit from the European Union.
I believe that since we voted to hold the referendum, and had the opportunity to campaign for either side, we MPs have a duty to respect the verdict of the British people and work as hard as we can to make Brexit a success.
Of course, supporting the Government on this important bill doesn’t mean that I won’t be speaking up for Solihull’s interests as a globallyminded, exporting town – and I expect MPs from other parties to do the same.
By working together across party and regional lines, we can all help ministers to craft a Brexit deal which works for every part of our United Kingdom.
Too often, people only see the boisterous and combative side of Parliament. In fact much of Westminster’s best work is done by MPs from across the House working together, as I’ve seen first- hand during my campaigns against fraud and unfair petrol duties.
Unfortunately, there are always those who can’t rise above the stereotypical them- andus mindset. One new Labour MP recently made headlines by saying she would never be friends with a Conservative!
Personally, I will always be ready and willing to work with MPs from across the House to campaign on behalf of our town and its residents. It may be less exciting than endless shouting about the other side, but I think it’s what Solihull voters expect.
Personally, I will always be ready and willing to work with MPs from across the House.